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I moved all my Blu Mayan build to this corisair 350D because Im planning to use this PC as a steam machine/HTPC, and build another one as my main PC, this PC for now is my main PC but when I get my new build (we are talking in about 2 years hehe) this will be my steam machine for my tv.

I have to sacrifice some HDD, and using a external enclosure for my 3TB HDD, I listed in the description the model. But Im still usign my 2 SSD and a new one mSata which I will use through and adapter as a 2.5 SSD, Im add also in the description this adapter.

I planned to use the mPCIe combo that comes with the Maximus V gene MoBo for my wifi card and also the mSata SSD, but I was not able to use the mPCIe combo with the water block for the VRM... so I made the craziest thing (that I dont recommend you to do), as I have 2 M5G MoBo, I have 2 mPCIe combo cards, so I said... why no? and I cut down the PCB of the card in order to fit the space left of the VRM water block... and surprise!! it works!. The only thing I couldnt fit on there was the mSata SSD, and yes, I would not try to cut it... hehe. so thats why I get the adapter to use it as an 2.5 SSD.

I´ve changed my two Radeon HD 7870 for a R9 290x, it basically have the same performance so far in any game, another reason to do this is because I needed the space to put my sound card.

Im getting great tempetures from the WC, the thing is that the silicon lottery play tricks with me, and both my 3770k and the R9 290x are not great overclockers, I managed to get my CPU to 4.7Ghz stable but with a 1.544v after an hour of running prime95 with a max temp of 86C, but it consumes 283.9w max just for the CPU, so I think that both tempetures and power consumption doesnt worth it, so I return it to a normal 4.5Ghz with a still high 1.328v, but with better temps and power consumption (75C max and 225.4w max).

I know some people will wont like the external rad, but I really wanted overkill heat desepation so I can fit even a dual GPU card in the future... Im thinking maybe I´ll go for the Fury X2 that would be look awesome on this build a think.

I have also moded the front panel to have a better airflow for the front radiator, I use my dremel tool to first mark where the saw is gonna cut, I use a mesh to cover the panel and paint it with black mate painting.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

have to admit this is a really nice build. Looks good and planned out brilliantly especially for the amount the you someone managed to fit in this. well done

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow tight fit,first time i've seen someone actually use those watercooling holes :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!, yes you don´t see alot the use of those holes, but they helped a lot this time.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I'm surprised you managed to fit in what all you did and this is the first time I've seen someone make use of those holes for tubing in the back of the case.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!, I want to have overkill heat dissipation so that´s why I went for using those holes.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How thick is that rear rad? It looks pretty thick to me.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, is the EK-CoolStream XTX, it is 64mm thick... https://shop.ekwb.com/ek-coolstream-rad-xtx-120?___SID=U

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that's what you call a monster of a rig.. +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the nicer (non-professional) builds that I have ever seen. Well done!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What temp. gauges are those on the side of the case?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Those are XSPC tempeture sensors: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=xspc+temperature+sensor

The one on top is taking the ambient temperature and the one below is taking the water temperature.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh that's sweet how do you hook them up?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I pasted them with velcro on the rad.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah what did you do with the ambient temp. one?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

If you see closly the fourth photo on the left side of the optical drive, you can see something black, that´s the sensor tip, so it is taking the tempeture outside the case, the other one is connected into one of the front GPU waterblock ports.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I would love to make a custom loop one day. Do you have any recommendations on some watercooling guides that I should check out?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!, I recommend you to google water cooling guide and you will find a lot of information, you need to feel sure about the knowledge you have before you start planning it, you almost need to feel like you already have done it. I leave you here some good tutorial:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a-beginners-guide-for-watercooling-your-pc,1573.html http://www.overclockers.com/beginners-guide-water-cooling/

Another think that I really recommend is to look for water cooling guides on youtube, they will help a lot because you are seeing how to do it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate! Appreciate the info! The only thing holding me back really is that it voids the warranty of the gpus so I really want to make sure that I am certain and comfortable with it before I go ahead. I suppose the risk is worth the awesome cooling potential.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, you need to be confortable with the knowlage you have before doing it because it is a risky task.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Wowey wowey, if you're gonna go red that's the way to do it! Looks great.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Rad fan wrong way round

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it works that way, but not as having it the other way around, I put it that way to have a positive presure, but I have actually updated it and put the 2 top fans pulling air inside the case and the one on the rear pushing through the rad, maybe I´ll upload a new build with the changes I have made so far.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

U have done as i have :)

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the idea with that was a mobile steam machine, but it is really heavy, hehe

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